Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists provide services to individuals of all ages who have physical, developmental, emotional, and/or social deficits. Occupational therapists practice in public and private schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, hand therapy clinics, home health agencies, and in private practice.
The mission of the University’s MOT program is to graduate occupational therapy practitioners who have the skills necessary to analyze human occupation and to implement science-driven and evidence-based interventions that promote quality of life for the clients who they will serve.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MOT program, graduates will demonstrate the ability to
- implement strategies consistent with being a reflective practitioner when developing personal and professional goals;
- apply competencies for effective interprofessional, intraprofessional, and community stakeholder collaborations;
- design programs and interventions that address occupational barriers through effective clinical reasoning;
- demonstrate effective verbal and written communication of occupational therapy services;
- practice principles of inclusive, ethical, and professional behaviors;
- demonstrate leadership skills needed for effective advancement of the profession;
- apply knowledge of current evidence to effectively inform the therapeutic process.
See Admissions, Records, and Registration for prerequisite and application information.
Delivery of Coursework
The MOT residential program is 93 credits and is offered over six trimesters. Coursework is provided in a blended learning format, which is a combination of an online learning component with classroom instruction. Lab classes are taught in a hands-on setting, while some portions of the course content are presented through a variety of interactive online activities and augmented by in-class discussions, patient interactions, and simulation. This learning style allows students to have a vast range of learning techniques at their fingertips.
Note: MOT students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.
For further information about accreditation contact Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, Telephone 301-652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org.
Standard Occupational Classification codes for which program is intended to prepare graduates: Occupational Therapist (29-1122); Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary (25-1071)
California OT Licensure
As of the date of publication of the catalog/handbook, in order to be eligible for professional licensure as an Occupational Therapist in California, Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) or Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program graduates must hold a degree from an accredited Occupational Therapy program. MOT/OTD graduates that are applying for licensure in the state of California are required to submit the CA application for OT licensure, application fee, Proof of Passing Exam from the NBCOT and submit an official transcript showing MOT or OTD degree to the California Board of Occupational Therapy.
Washington State Residents
The MOT program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in Washington state.